Rated 4 out of 5 by LadyLeo Love this vacuum!
I've owned this vacuum for almost 9 years now and have never had a problem with it. It's one of the best vacuums I've had. I clean the filters by hand when needed and have never had to replace any of the parts. This vacuum works 100x better then the one my mom has and she paid a great deal more for hers! I've read some of the other reviews and maybe they only apply to the newer version as I've had mine for some time. All I can say is is be lost without this vacuum. I have two cats and you would never know it...it's amazing! Thanks Bissell, I'll be a customer for life.
January 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by bettylou Poor New Design
I have used this vacuum for years. The old design where the baskets screwed together was definitely easier/less messy to clean. Not only do I have to wipe down the front of the vac but around the floor when I remove the baskets. The hair does not always flow down into the basket but gets trapped in the top filter...now that's a mess to clean up! Also, leaving the front filter out of the new design causes such a blast of wind any thing not tied down ....gets blown all over the place. The older style had a handle on the hose which made it easier to remove and add the attachments...now I have to fight with it to get it off. Wishing you hadn't cut sooo many corners just to lower the price.
January 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by JOHNNY M2 NO GO0D
HOSE STICKS STRAIGHT OUT BACK, NOISY WHEN SHUTTING OFF
October 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Dirty cleanup in NC Disappointed
I purchased this same vacuum years back, it lasted like a trooper! So, I of course re-purchased the exact same item again when I needed a new one. I was sorely disappointed. This vacuum has gone backwards in its development!
The cord is SUPER short compared to the last one. Every time I vacuum, I have to spend 10 min cleaning up the floor around the vacuum when I empty the container into the trash. I cannot bend over the vacuum because there is now a super wind tunnel blown from the front of the vacuum. The design is terrible! I know you get what you pay for, and I wasn't expecting anything less than the same product I purchased before...they need to label this one "new and unusable".
I love Bissell and will purchase another more upgraded model next time, but really folks, really?
September 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by AnalystHandy Works well, but maintenance is tedious
Found the 6584, mid 2009 build in the dumpster.
I kept it for research purposes.
As found, every filter was completely dust lodged, brush roll was covered in hair and belt was ruined. Bearings were also gritty. The brush roll uses a a pair of 608(same as roller blades and skates) ball bearings.
All the filters were cleaned with warm water and detergent per instructions. A new belt was installed and ball bearings were cleaned re-lubricated.
It took over an hour to clean all the filters and dust bin to be free of caked matters. Although it will depend on humidity and temperature, the circular ribbed filter took over 24 hours to dry.
Once all was done and over, it picked up a shocking amount of fine dust from my carpet, as expected from any brand new or freshly prepped vacuum. The only question is how long this performance stays, and what it takes to restore it.
The reason for two star is that cleaning process is very messy and involved. It was like rebuilding the entire vacuum and I think this was the reason it was thrown out in the first place.
Even after one use for a minute, there's already a noticeable amount of fine dust in the stage one filter, which picks up what slips past the cyclonic separator.
I've already established that cleaning is messy and tedious, so I think getting an extra set of 1st stage (circular/foam ring combo) would be a good idea, so that the vacuum can be used to clean the filters and rotate between them. The only concern is how long it can go before filter needs washing.
I didn't document the mass, but the next step is to do just that, then I'll check out the separation efficiency of the cyclone with an analytical balance.
In parts list, there are two cyclone assemblies listed for this model. The 203-1180 squirrel wheel pattern like the one it came with and 203-1206 with mesh mask grille pattern. Why are there two types and which one works better?
September 6, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by KRM240 FOR COST you get what you pay for
I bought this vacuum on a friends recommendation. I was displeased since it did not do well on tile floors and with the exception of bedrooms I have all tile. It worked so so on rugs. I got tired of it and got rid of it.
August 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by jessejamestw23 Not a good Vacuum Cleaner if used a lot.
Worked fine when first bought. We cleaned it out twice, and it worked. Then, it got clogged again. The clog is down in the bottom part. The last time I took the bottom part off, somehow the belt fell off track. We are now looking at buying a new vacuum cleaner that costs more and will last longer. No more Bissells for us.
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by snnop dog very good
i have 5 dogs 2 cats and it picks up hair like a pro
June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ashley Great Vacuum for the Price!
Over the past six years, I have had this vacuum. It works extremely well. I have a cat and a dog and it picks up fur easily. It is slightly hard to use on stairs, but beside that extremely reliable and is hands down the best vacuum for the price. Perfect for a 2 bedroom place.
June 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JBG123 Great Vacuum...Great Price...
I purchased this vacuum as a gift to my Grandmother, we were truly amazed at how much dirt the machine was able to pick up on its 1st use. Even though the carpet looked clean before we started, there was a noticeable difference afterwards. Without a doubt, it truly exceeded our expectations. After only 5 minutes of use on the carpet, we were able to accumulate enough dirt to fill the pull out cup 1/2 full. WOW...
I would defiantly recommend this product to anyone needing a new vacuum, it was a great price and an excellent value for the money.
JBG Tulsa, OK.
June 4, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by padsmom Not even worth the low price.....
NOT for someone with pets. I am a daily vacuum user with 2 dogs. This machine clogs constantly - the pet hair accumulates around the belt causing the belt to slip and blocking the suction. I have to remove the base plate and take out the hair by hand after 1-2 uses. Not a bargain if it doesn't work. Purchase this only for very light cleaning and don't expect more.
May 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Malamoo Bissell Powerforce Helix, Great Vacuum at a low price!
What a terrific vacuum for the price! I have unfortunately gone through many vacuums. I had the opportunity to try this vacuum and was so impressed, I bought two. This vacuum picks up pet hair extremely well, and I will say as well as, if not better than a Dyson. Yes, the electrical cord is short, as well as the hose. Comes with only two attachments, but they both seem to get the job done. Lightweight and easy for me to take up and down the stairs. For the price, I am extremely satisfied. I just got this vacuum and cannot comment on the lifespan of it. Would have given it a 5 star review if the cord and hose were longer.
April 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by AdrienneJ06 Worked well for a while...now won't suction anything
My husband and I bought this vacuum and were very pleased with it. However, recently it hasn't been suctioning things into the dirt container. It will pick things up but everything gets stuck in the hose. I have taken it apart, cleaned the filters, cleaned the roller, unclogged the hoses, all of that twice. Since I've cleaned the container a few weeks ago, it still looks freshly clean because nothing is getting to it. Very Frustrating!!
April 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by John Parts
We purchased this product to replace a Rainbow sweeper and it works better than I expected. The only drawback is that the power cord is too short. Also, the detachable hose could be longer.
March 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Renee' I love this vacuum..!!
I have been using my Bissell for several years and still love it...!!! I have 2 inside dogs (bad shedders) and 1 cat, so you can imagine the pet hair collecting in my carpets. This Bissell is so wonderful @ removing 100% of the pet hair. I just love it. The filters are a breeze to remove & clean, ( i just clean them with soap & water).
March 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nette I like the product, but it keeps clogging
Simply put, it's a product that's worth the money, but I'm having issues now. I don't want to replace the product, but I see no other alternative. I've had my vac for a few years. As of late, every time I use it, it gets clogged. I have to clean out the hose with every use, and there is no suction collection into the bagless container. It all builds up in the bottom hose only, as if there's a blockage somewhere else on the unit that I can't see or access. I don't know what else to do, and I don't know if taking it to a certified dealer is a cost-effective option.
March 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Hilly Easy to clean, Short Life
Stopped working after 1.5 yrs, so def get an extended warranty when you purchase. I used it very little in an extremely small condo, no pets & no kids. While it worked it was great & very easy to clean!
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by why me? WHY ME!
I purchased my Vacume Nov 2011, also purchased a 1 year warranty!
The Vacume is great up to Oct 2012!
I had the Shingles unable to contact or talk with someone for several weeks latter: seems time the 1 year was up so was the Vacume?
I have received a few notes from you about it but only for me to purchase parts?
Never once saying I am sorry about the warranty and timing?
God Bless you!
January 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by galexander no power
I got my bissell last year and i never use it. the suction is weak and does not pick up anything. good thing i didn't throw out my Eureka! i bought it because i was excited about the bag less feature but i totally regret it and now i am out $50!!
December 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by bisselllover1 the best vacuum ever
bissells are by far the best vacuum cleaner ever. i agree its better than a dyson and a kirby. i have had this vacuum since 2010 ans still works like a beast. ive had some problems with before but now it works like a champ. in my opinion bissells are the best machine made so far. powerforces are the best vacuum cleaner so far.
December 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by brownsugartoast 4+years & going strong
I got this for a wedding present and knew virtually nothing about vacuums. 4 1/2 years later I am still loving this thing even though I had no clue about it when I got it! I have 2 kids so a good vacuum is important to me. The "dirt container" is big, but I am constantly changing it, so that is a huge relief to me to see how much nastiness the vacuum is picking up! It's not super light (you can't lift it with 1 finger like other brands), but it picks up the dirt. Major win. Would buy it again.
October 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sillyolgirl Good vacuum hard to find parts
Love the vacuum!! Hate the fact that the only way
To get a front filter cover( I recently moved and
somehow it got lost). There is no service center available
Within 50 miles of me
October 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by mamakat can't order replacement parts
I bought this vacuum not even a year ago at my local Walmart and I went in to buy a repalcement filter for my vac. I noticed there were small changes made to the vacuum but I figured the filters would still work but when I got home, they didnt fit. I spent most of this morning trying to order the filter thru customer service but they no longer make it. The rep offred to sell me another one"similiar" to the old one but it specifies it only works with the 6582 series and mine is completley different. I was happy with my vacuum and hate to think that I only got to use it for less than a year or if I just got stuck buying an older model from the store because now I have to buy a whole new vacuum which is upsetting.
October 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bandmama Best decision
I desperately needed a vacuum cleaner and I did a lot of researching and also went to a store to do some comparing. I bought one at a Big Lot and it is a re-manufactured vacuum. I only got it for $40. So far, it is working very well. I am so surprised of how it picked up the pet hair that usually with a sweeper vac, it was very disappointing. I highly recommend purchasing this model.
September 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by latdanz Best Vacuum Every
And for the money? give me a break.
My girlfriend has a $500 Dyson Canister and it is pretty much in permanent storage. The Bissell is MUCH better. Every single one of the 1 star reviews on here was written by people who don't know how to clean/maintain vacuum cleaners. All vacuum cleaners will do what theirs did if you don't know how to maintain them properly. Mine is many years old now and going strong. I even use the hose in the garage in place of a shop-vac (for dry jobs obviously) as it sucks harder than any shop-vac I've used.
The first time you use it on a rug or room it might fill the canister 100% full because your old vac (even my other one, the Dyson) was missing/couldn't reach so much.
Instead of using soap/water to clean the filter (it takes FOREVER to dry), use compressed air.
September 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shelly McA Bissell Power Force Bagless Vacuum
Does an excellent job of vacuuming my high pile carpet. It is relatively easy to clean the different filters as well as emptying the debris.
September 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Dude Great Vacuum
Great vacuum. Light weight, great on floors. Easy to maintain and clean filters. worth the price.
September 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lizz62 older is better
5 years ago, we purchase this vaccum to clean a rental unit, it worked so good we bought a second one!..I LOVE the washable filters!..I have even recommended it to friends. so, recently I bought another one for home use; was disappointed at the changes that have been made..mostly because the cord is much shorter, but the whole unit also seems to be smaller?...I am going to switch them around today and will see if my perceptions are fact....
August 26, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Michelle Not worth the money
We got this vacuum for a Christmas present and it worked for a couple of uses. It now hardly sucks up anything. Certainly it was affordable but don't waste the money. Better off just putting money away until you can afford something that actually works!!
August 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gem25 Excellent Vacuum
With two boys, a dog, an active family, and hardwood floors, our old vacuum got quite the workout. After 6 years of having a Bissell with a bag, we decided to give a canister vac a try, and I am so glad we did.
This vacuum not only cleans hardwood floors extremely well, but it also cleaned our area rugs beyond our expectations. I am slightly embarrassed by how much dirt and dog hair our area rugs were holding - even though they looked clean and were vacuumed regularly. The rugs feel softer and brand new. A great feature of of this vacuum is the three levels that the handle/canister can be moved to. The lowest level available is fantastic for cleaning under beds, tables, and couches. The suction of the vacuum and of the hose is also something that I was very impressed with. With some vacuums, the floor suction is fantastic and then the hose/attachment suction is not as good. Thankfully, we didn't see a difference with this set up.
The quality, price, and ease of use is exactly what we were looking for. It is nice to know that Bissell still has its eye on quality machines and realistic pricing. I am definitely not hesitating to suggest this vacuum to my family and friends.
July 22, 2012